After his horror accident in Bahrain, Romain Grosjean spent the night in the hospital. From there, the Haas pilot sends a message to the fans.
“Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I’m more or less fine,” says Grosjean with a relieved smile on his face. Both backs of the hands of the 34-year-old are bandaged because of burns. Nevertheless, he doesn’t seem to have seriously injured himself when he crashed into the guardrail shortly after the start of the Bahrain GP on Sunday and his split car went up in fire.
Grosjean sends greetings from his sickbed and thanks everyone who sent him messages. The Geneva-born Frenchman also says: “I wasn’t for the Halo a few years ago, but it’s the greatest thing in Formula 1.” Halo is the ring-shaped titanium bracket that is stretched over the driver’s head in the cockpit and is intended to protect the head.
When the Halo was introduced two years ago, many drivers and those in charge criticized the system because it hindered the driver when leaving the vehicle and rescue workers when rescuing pilots who have had an accident, and therefore poses a greater risk than it offers protection. In the case of Grosjean, who was able to free himself from the burning car, the “halo” was definitely more of a blessing than a curse.
Haas team boss Günter Steiner told the TV broadcaster Sky on Sunday evening that Grosjean was in his right mind after a joint phone call. The French feel good so far, “it seems that nothing is broken”. The bandages are supposed to be removed on Monday so that more can be said about Grosjeans condition.